Russell L. Ralston
Russell L. Ralston, 43, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006.
He was born Feb. 27, 1962, in Akron, Ohio.
Russell moved to Port Charlotte from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 20 years ago. He was a landscaper for Apollyon, and he was a member of Lakeside Lutheran Church.
Russell is survived by his wife of 15 years, Grace Ralston of Port Charlotte; one stepson, John Sauer of Port Charlotte; one son, Kyle Ralston of Port Charlotte; his father, Richard L. Ralston Sr. of Monroe Falls, Ohio, and his wife, Jan; two sisters, Lee Ann (James) Hipp and Jeanette Boyes, both of Akron; two brothers, Richard L. (Susan) Ralston Jr. of Port Charlotte and Ronald L. Ralston of Akron; one grandson, Peyton; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, with a service at 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.
Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, North Port Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
John H. Corrier
John Homer Corrier, 87, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Fla.
He was born Jan. 11, 1919, in Ashland, Wis.
John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. During his 36-year career with Wolfe Industries in Columbus, Ohio, he served as chief pilot and director of aviation. John retired to Rotonda West more than 30 years ago. He was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his son, Scott (Jodi) Corrier, and granddaughter, Kacie Corrier, all of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy, in 2003.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at the American Legion Post 113 in Rotonda West.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Welfare Fund for American Legion Post 113, 3436 Indiana Road, Rotonda West, FL 33947.
Thomas E. Killeen
Thomas E. Killeen, 74, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006.
He was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Pittsfield, Mass., and was the son of Ambrose T. and Florence E. Coty Killeen.
Mr. Killeen served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 16 years. He was employed at General Electric Co. in Cape Kennedy, Fla., and then he worked at the Raytheon Co., quality management department, in Portsmouth, R.I., retiring in 1993. Mr. Killeen moved to the Englewood area as a winter resident in 1990 from Wickford, R.I. He was of the Episcopal faith.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathleen; daughters, Barbara Bunker of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Susan Collard of Concord, Calif., and Kellie Perdue of Aurora, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Dawley Killeen; daughter, Patricia A. Cloud; sons, Thomas E. Killeen Jr. and Keith E. Killeen.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at the Chapel of Peace at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood.
Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224.
Claus Machuletz, 87, of Englewood, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, followed by the funeral service at 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Pines Memorial Park at the Chapel of Peace.
Lemon Bay Funeral Home Englewood Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty J. Beerbower
Betty J. Beerbower, 82, of North Port, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006.
She was born May 8, 1923, in McKeesport, Pa.
Betty was an elementary school teacher at Toughkenamon Elementary School. She received her bachelor's degree in education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was affiliated with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Mrs. Beerbower was a member of the Kenneth Square Country Club in Kenneth Square, Pa. She moved to the North Port area with her husband, William, in 1984 from Toughkenamon, Pa. She was a member of the Ladies of Lutheran Church of the Living Waters in North Port. She was a past member of the Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club of North Port.
Betty is survived by her husband of 60 years, William; daughter, Linda Burke of Pittsburgh; and son, W. Robert Beerbower of Peachtree City, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Lutheran Church of the Living Waters in North Port.
Memorial donations may be made to Lutheran Church of the Living Waters, 12475 Chancellor Blvd., North Port, FL 33953.
Thomas Paul Fristik Jr.
Thomas Paul Fristik Jr., 78, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923, to Thomas and Grace (Syriak) Fristik in Westfield, Mass. He enlisted in the Army Air Force Dec. 20, 1941, and served as a pilot in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. Later, he was assigned to the state department in Germany, where he survived a sabotaged B-29 plane crash.
In Massachusetts and Connecticut, he was a building contractor, real estate broker and CPCU insurance agent. He was chief underwriting officer of Aetna Insurance Company, later acquired by Connecticut General, and a director of Great American Insurance Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, before retiring to Charlotte County, Fla., in 1976.
He was preceded in death by two wives, an only son and his parents. His sister, Ruth Salva of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away in 2001. He is survived by his niece, Carolyn Rondeau, of Port Charlotte; a nephew, Peter Frenquelle; and loving companion, Jacqueline Nordell and her children and eight grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of wildlife and his tree farm and tractors.
According to his wishes, his ashes will be laid to rest in the Gulf of Mexico. Memorials may be sent to the Peace River Wildlife Center Inc.
Arrangements are by ICS Cremation Society Inc., Harbor Heights, Fla.
Frank W. Smith
Frank W. Smith, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Mr. Smith was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Coventry, R.I. He came to Port Charlotte 11 years ago from Cranston, R.I. He worked as a salesman for a sporting goods company. He was a member of the American Legion Post 110 and past president of the Rhode Island Club, both in Port Charlotte; a member of the Englewood Beach Club; a member of the Masonic Lodge as a third-degree mason in Coventry, R.I.; and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Carmela Smith; two daughters, Linda Smith, of Riverview, Fla., Bette Poutre of Bellevue, Neb.; one son-in-law, David Poutre of Bellevue, Neb.; one brother, Raymond Smith of Peachtree City, Ga.; one sister, Barbara Smith of Coventry, R.I.; two grandchildren, Allison Poutre and Christopher Poutre, both of Bellevue; and two nieces.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held by the Masons/American Legion at a later day in Rhode Island. Burial will be at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Southwest Florida Chapter, P.O. Box 494708, Port Charlotte, FL 33949-9912.
Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte is in charge of arrangements.
William Moine Walls
William Moine Walls, 94, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Born July 14, 1907, in Elnora, Ind., he moved to Punta Gorda in 1972 from North Manchester, Ind. He was a paper maker with Container Corporation in Wabash, Ind., for many years before retiring. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Madeline; daughters, Carol L. Kelly of Punta Gorda and Evelyn Hiers of Fairmount, Ind.; a son, Joe Walls of Wabash, Ind.; a sister, Doris Killion of Plainville, Ind.; a brother, Raymond Walls of Washington, Ind.; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, with funeral services at 2 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel. Interment will follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, Punta Gorda.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel.
Arline Rita Bragg
Arline Rita Bragg, 68, of Englewood, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla.
Born on Jan. 26, 1934, to Jack and Mary (Winterstein) Hamilton, she had been a resident of Englewood for six years, coming from Holland, N.Y. Mrs. Bragg was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her family. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and attended St. Raphael Catholic Church.
She was predeceased by two sons, William and Charles West, and one brother, Henry Hamilton. She is survived by her husband, Deane E. Bragg of Englewood; two daughters, Sue Ann (Gerald) Cummins of Holland, N.Y. and Tina M. Kociszewski of South Wales, N.Y.; three sons, David P. West of Buffalo, N.Y., Timothy J. (Cinda) West of Holland, N.Y., and John (Theresa) Hopkins of Machias, N.Y.; one stepdaughter, Donna (Daryl) Bishop of Boston, N.Y.; three stepsons, Deane (Linda) Bragg, Kenneth (Beth) Bragg and Timothy (Judy) Bragg, all of Machias, N.Y.; three sisters, Doris Matlock of Green Forest, Ark., Margaret Van Buren of Salem, Ark., and Elaine Myers of Killbuck, N.Y.; one brother, John Hamilton of Kissimmee, Fla.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A prayer service will be said at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at the Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road, with Father Morris Wells of St. Raphael Catholic Church officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lee Memorial Hospital, Cancer Unit, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901 in memory of Mrs. Bragg.
Englewood Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine L. Shumway
Lorraine L. Shumway, 79, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. Born May 6, 1922, in Biddeford, Maine, she moved to our area in 1979 from Burlington, Vt.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sweet Adelines for many years. She was a WAC in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Englewood.
She is survived by her husband, William J. Shumway; a daughter, Joyce Shumway of Englewood; two sons, William J. Shumway II of Venice, Fla., and James Shumway of Burlington, Vt.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Englewood at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2002.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
John Currie Becker
John Currie Becker, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003.
He was born in Detroit, Mich., on May 18, 1913. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1935 and also attended the University of Michigan Law School.
Jack was a loving family man, an avid sports fan, a golfer and a civic leader. He was named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in Marion, Ind.
During his 30-year career with Fisher Body, he served as director of industrial relations. Jack and his family lived in Flint, Mich.; Lansing, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga.; East Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Marion.
He is survived and was lovingly cared for by his wife, Maxine; his two sons, Robert H. (Jane) Becker and Richard L. (Lorrie) Becker; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Ballard Becker.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at South Port Square town hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice or a charity of choice.
Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, Lehigh Acres, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth S. Jordan
Kenneth S. Jordan, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
He was born Dec. 23, 1913, in Attleboro, Mass., and moved to Port Charlotte 13 years ago from Wakefield, Mass. He was retired from the souvenir manufacturing business. He was an Episcopalian.
He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn G. Jordan of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Sharon Wilson of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Rand O. Jordan of Port Charlotte; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Private memorial services will be held at later date.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.
Linda Diana LaLone
Linda Diana LaLone, 54, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
Born on Feb. 14, 1948, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Kenneth and Blanche (Smith) Miller, she had been a resident of Port Charlotte since 1999, coming from South Bend, Ind. Mrs. LaLone was employed by SunTrust Bank in Port Charlotte as a teller for the past two years. She was an Auxiliary member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Frank A. LaLone of Port Charlotte; two sons, Eric A. LaLone of La Porte, Ind., and Gregory E. LaLone of Punta Gorda, Fla.; four sisters, Phyllis Moore of Elkhart, Ind., Joan Lower of Granger, Ind., Sharon Fisher of Leesburg, Fla., and Carol Lynn Eby of Elkhart, Ind.; one brother, Robert Miller of Mishawaka, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Kristin, Neil, Ashley and Austin.
She was predeceased by her parents and one son, Robert.
Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road, Englewood. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at the funeral home with the Rev. Gerald Switzer officiating. Burial will follow in Gulf Pines Memorial Park Cemetery, Englewood.
Englewood Community Funeral Home, Englewood, is in charge of arrangements.